The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the congregation react to Orville's inability to speak in tongues in Chapter 14?

2. What are Rowser's plans as he talks to James at the end of Chapter 11?

3. What does the A in Tap stand for?

4. What monument figures prominently in both the beginning and the end of the novel?

5. What has Eliades been asking Ann Maitland about James in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Rowser in Chapter 11, what changes are happening in the Northeast Group.

2. In Chapter 8, what does James see in Mani that shakes him up?

3. How did Del Nearing and Frank Volterra meet?

4. Describe the political argument that James and Eliades have in Chapter 10.

5. What information does Andahl give about the cult in Chapter 9?

6. What admission does James make to Lindsay Keller in Chapter 13?

7. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

8. What transpires during James' evening with Del Nearing in Chapter 10?

9. What unfortunate occurrence happens to David Keller in Chapter 13?

10. In Chapter 12, why does Owen go to Lake Rajsamand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Don DeLillo's novel deals with the notion of marriage in the latter half of the twentieth century by observing several married people dealing with issues of modern marriage. Write an essay about three such individuals. How does each individual feel about the marriage? How do they deal with the temptations involved in living abroad? How do these decisions affect the marriage? Discuss the state of the marriage at the end of the novel:

Part 1) James Axton

Part 2) Ann Maitland

Part 3) Janet Ruffing

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the marriage and separation of James and Kathryn Axton. How did their marriage affect each others individual life and goals? What state is the marriage in when the novel begins, and how did it reach this point? Discuss how Kathryn and James' personalities and lifestyles change after the separation. What idiosyncrasies are revealed as a result? What finally breaks the marriage apart for good, and how does the veneer of cordiality disappear as a result?

Essay Topic 3

The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?

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